May 1, 2012

Entrance Interview: Jimmy Herman

There will be few more exciting times in the lives of Purdue's incoming freshman football and basketball players than this summer, as they prepare to move on to college.

This spring and summer, GoldandBlack.com is catching up with those new Boilermakers to discuss it in our new "Entrance Interview" series.

Today, we catch up with Jimmy Herman, a former safety at Carmel who is converting to linebacker at Purdue.

GoldandBlack.com: High school graduate is soon, I'd imagine. What are your thoughts about moving on?
Herman:
"I'm going to miss it, had some great times in high school. But I'm ready to move on and am definitely excited about moving up to West Lafayette to play some ball and move on to the next chapter in my life."

GoldandBlack.com: You're in your track season now. How is that going?
Herman:
"Pretty good. I'm a hurdler and discus thrower, and we just had our conference meet last week. We won the meet as a team and I think I finished second in the hurdles.

"I'm coming along pretty well and preparing for the state meet, and hopefully good things will happen."

GoldandBlack.com: What excites you about going to Purdue, whether it be athletically or academically?
Herman:
"I just think the whole experience is really exciting. Obviously, football is going to be a lot of fun and I've wanted to play at a school like Purdue since I was a little kid. Putting on the uniform and going out on Saturdays, the whole experience, the freedom, everybody has that image in that head of what college is and I'm just looking forward to all of it."

GoldandBlack.com: Are you nervous or apprehensive about anything?
Herman:
"Not too much. I'm trying to go in with some confidence and see what comes. Obviously, it's a lot different than anything I've come across before, but I'm really excited."

GoldandBlack.com: What are your expectations for your freshman year?
Herman:
"I haven't really thought about it too much, in terms of being redshirted or not. I'm happy with whatever the coaches do. I'll do whatever I need to to improve the team."

GoldandBlack.com: What will be the hardest adjustment?
Herman:
"Definitely a new position and the size and speed. It's different in the Big Ten. I've definitely got to put on some weight and get used to playing down near the line of scrimmage. But I think all those things are pretty minor and pretty normal adjustments for most players. It's nothing too unexpected."

GoldandBlack.com: What is your weight now?
Herman:
"I've stayed about the same, a little less than football. I'm around 215. I was playing a little closer to 220 in the football season, but as soon as summer rolls around, I'll have a chance to focus on weightlifting a lot more than I am now. Hopefully I can put on some good solid weight and come up to camp at a good size."

GoldandBlack.com: When do you arrive at Purdue?
Herman:
"I'm not enrolled for summer classes, so I don't have to report until early August."

GoldandBlack.com: What are your plans then for the summer?

Herman:
"I'm just going to hang around here, in Carmel, with my friends and family for the last summer. Because I'm assuming I'm going to be a little tied up for the next four or five years with my summers. So I'll enjoy it and obviously train for the upcoming season."

GoldandBlack.com: You'll work out at your high school and around town there?

Herman:
"A little of both. The football team here, they work out in the summer two days a week, so I'll work out with the team then I'll go off to the gym too."

GoldandBlack.com: What have you worked on since the end of football season?
Herman:
"Nothing too specific, getting faster, getting stronger. The track season definitely puts an emphasis on speed and I haven't been able to get after the weights quite as hard as I want to, but I'm looking to put on weight and get stronger over the summer."

GoldandBlack.com: Does track help, from a speed standpoint?
Herman:
"Sure, the explosiveness and getting out of the blocks. There's a lot of workouts that we do that are high intensity, and definitely get the blood pumping."

GoldandBlack.com: Any chance you'd try to do both, track and football, at Purdue?
Herman:
"I've thought about it. I think I'd be - from what I'm told - competitive as a decathlete, so I haven't looked into it too much, but it'd be a pretty big load, but something I'd definitely consider."

GoldandBlack.com: What will be your jersey number at Purdue?

Herman:
"I don't know yet. I submitted some numbers and I'd like to stay as 29. But I think it ended up being a duplicate, I'm not sure. But I'd like to still with the 29."

GoldandBlack.com: Why 29?
Herman:
"Really, I just got stuck with it my sophomore year in high school and it's been my number ever since."

GoldandBlack.com: What other numbers did you submit?
Herman:
"I think 32 and maybe No. 3 or something, I can't remember. I put down a few."




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